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Published: Sat, June 10, 2017
Culture&Arts | By Orlando Mckenzie

Ice Cube Halfway Checks Bill Maher For Using N-Word

Ice Cube Halfway Checks Bill Maher For Using N-Word

What's fair game in comedy, and what crosses the line?

Bill Maher on Friday night hosted the first episode of HBO's "Real Time with Bill Maher" since using a racial slur during an interview last week with Sen.

Until recently Maher was known as the Susan Lucci of the Primetime Emmys, having racked up dozens of nominations for writing, producing and starring in "Politically Incorrect", various stand-up comedy specials and "Real Time" without ever taking home an award.

"Real Time" host Bill Maher is not one to show remorse for the things he's said in the past.

Cube acknowledged Maher's apology, but added that "we need to get to the root of the psyche".

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Dyson told Maher that with today's "resurgence" of racism - he referenced Steve Bannon and Jeff Sessions - it's even more important for Maher to fight the "unconscious reflex". "I just wish others will stop using that lame ass mom "N Word" as a sub". "But I think this is a teachable moment, not just to you but to the people who are watching right now". "That is why I apologize freely and I reiterate it tonight".

Maher began the show by poking fun at himself during his monologue, saying awkwardly, "Thank you for letting a sinner in your midst. The word was offensive and I regret saying it and I'm very sorry".

Maher apologized to Cube, who accepted the apology, before giving his stance on the matter. Some audience members yelled, "We love you Bill" as he took the stage.

Bill Maher has apologised for using the n-word in an ill-judged quip. Meanwhile, the mid-episode guest was Ice Cube, who was ready to address his perspective on the controversy during the show's usual one-on-one discussion. Maher immediately disagreed with Cube's perspective, suggesting any "black" jokes were "against" racists.

"It's like a knife, man", actor/musician Ice Cube told Bill Maher about the host's use last week of the N-word. Now, I know you heard [it], it's in the lexicon and everybody's talkin', but that's our word now. Cube was there to promote the release of his album "Death Certificate" for its 25th anniversary and also to talk about Maher's transgression. "And you can use it as a weapon or you can use it as a tool", he continued. And then, kinda gangster like, "And we not gonna let that happen again".

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